Jessica Pate Furman University

Class of 2013
Hometown: Holmes Beach, FL

For me, it's rewarding to be a part of something that can make such a significant difference.

My internship: American Leprosy Mission

  • Day-to-day duties:

      I'm in the same office as the community outreach and volunteer coordinator and I do a lot with her. I write grant proposals and monitor Google alerts and social media. I'm also helping with special events, organizing volunteers, and designing materials for events.

  • Most rewarding aspect:

      Learning what each person in the organization does and how it all fits together makes a difference. Coming into the internship, I didn't understand how there could be so many jobs to keep the organization going, but I've gotten to interview each person to figure out how it works.

Helpful Tips

  • Applying:

      Ask others to read your cover letters. If you can't answer the question "why do you want this internship?" passionately, then you should look for a different one. You're going to spend a lot of time at the internship. So if you don't like it, it's not the right fit.

  • On the job:

      Recognize the opportunities that internship presents. Try to learn as much as you can and don't be afraid to get more involved.

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